When mold takes hold, it can be a real problem. Not only does flourishing mold create unsightly dark or white patches, but it can also actually be really bad for your health. Mold can grow pretty much anywhere. Fortunately, there is a solution. A good-quality air purifier can help to remove mold.
In this article, we will explain the causes of mold and how an air purifier can help keep your home mold-free.
In essence, mold is a type of fungus. Just like mushrooms and other fungi, mold needs two things to survive. Oxygen and moisture. Both of which are normally present in most homes. In a wild setting, mold is a naturally occurring phenomenon that breaks down organic matter. It is inconvenient and unsightly at best in the home, dangerous at worst.
While you might not realize, mold doesn’t spontaneously appear, it actually arrives in the form of spores. These are tiny airborne particles naturally present in outdoor and indoor settings.
Never seen a mold spore?
It is hardly surprising, they are pretty small, and generally, you’ll need magnification to see them. However, just because you can’t see them, it doesn’t mean they aren’t there.
Mold in your home is pretty easy to spot. It can form on any surface that is even slightly absorbent.
Mold can appear in many different forms, including:
- Dark ‘spots.’
- A large dark patch.
- White spots.
- A three-dimensional slimy ‘lump.’
- A white, green, or dark ‘fur.’
- A combination of all of the above.
You might not even need to see mold to know it is present. Mold, as it is a fungus, also emits certain odors. Mold generally smells very musty or earthy. It might not smell at all in the early stages, but if you notice very strong odors, then there is a good chance that mold has really taken hold.
Often the smell that people associate with ‘damp’ is actually the smell of mold!
The bad news is that mold can be really harmful to human health. As we said above, mold doesn’t just rest in situ but emits spores. These spores can be particularly harmful.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, mold can cause rashes, dizziness, sneezing, sore eyes, coughs, and even trigger asthma attacks.
Some people are also allergic to mold. In these instances, symptoms can sometimes be severe.
Air purifiers lessen the likelihood of mold spreading and contribute to an effective anti-mold strategy.
While you will need to clean and remove the mold itself from surfaces with treatment, air purifiers can help to reduce the recurrence of mold by removing the spores from the air. If the spores are greatly reduced, there is less chance of them landing on surfacing and growing.
Air purifiers pull in ambient air from any room in which they are placed. This air is forced through several layers of filtration that trap and remove foreign particles such as dust, pollutants, and mold spores. Once the air is filtered, it is output from the unit, meaning the air you will breathe is far purer than it was when it entered.
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